Sunday, March 3, 2013

B's 1st Crackle

Today was Brantley's first chiropractic appointment with our friend Mariya. I told her the small amount of history that I know about him and how I ended up with him. I talked to him about the few good months of riding we had and his non-malicious blind panic modes that always ended with someone on the ground unfortunately. I lunged him around a bit, walk/trot, and she commented on his confirmation. Yes, he has pulled a 180 from what he looked like, but her analogy was of a fit cheerleader who walked around with her gut hanging out. He needs to engage his core and get his back legs underneath him more. As his confirmation goes right now, he's basically setting up for failure and it's not relieving the tenseness in his muscles. I told her about some of the work and stretches I've been doing with him and she said that was great and to keep doing it, also pay attention to changes I should be seeing with the Vit-E supplement I put him on. She said do more traditional exercises, and try to get him to carry himself. Side reins it is my friend!

I'm very impressed how B behaved for Mariya with her standing on the bucket and moving around him. She was kind, understanding, and gentle. We both appreciated it! The work I've been doing in the stall with him, jumping up and down on the bucket and sacking out on him, has really been paying off. He dropped his head a few times and took a deep breath even after she worked on his tail which he was  questionable about. She didn't do too much with him because she wanted it to be a positive experience as well as doing a little more each time. I have 3 weeks to work on getting him under himself and more responsible for his own body. Work work work! In the end she ruled out back pain. No matter how much she poked or prodded, she didn't get a "I'm in pain" response from him. All his reactions were of him being tense and nervous which was expected. She said, "I can hear the demons in his head" which I thought was hilarious. So physically she thinks he's fine... Mentally on the other hand, he's scared. But we already knew that. That just means now it's me, the vet, AND the chiropractor!

All in all I'm really happy with today and it was definitely money well spent.

A Whole Year in 2 Pictures

Day 1 - January 2012
January 2013
 And this is how far we've come... We'll be jumping by the end of the summer.

4 Comments:

At March 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM , Blogger Carly said...

Glad to see I'm not the only one whose horse's tail is stunted! ;) Glad to hear he enjoyed his crackles.

 
At March 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

Oh my God, Maddy. He looks fabulous now!

Can't wait to have the chiro out for Image. Hoping to get the same sort of response from my chiro about him!

 
At March 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

The woman who owned him before cut AAALLL of her horses' tails almost to the tip of the tail bone. His is finally growing out. Lucky me, it's a tail halter horses would die for. Nothing like my OTTB's haha!

 
At March 3, 2013 at 7:01 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

Thanks Amanda. Mariya was fantastic today with B and LuLu. I really hope this will help. It definitely set my mind at ease when she said she didn't think he was in any pain which is good.

 

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B's 1st Crackle

Today was Brantley's first chiropractic appointment with our friend Mariya. I told her the small amount of history that I know about him and how I ended up with him. I talked to him about the few good months of riding we had and his non-malicious blind panic modes that always ended with someone on the ground unfortunately. I lunged him around a bit, walk/trot, and she commented on his confirmation. Yes, he has pulled a 180 from what he looked like, but her analogy was of a fit cheerleader who walked around with her gut hanging out. He needs to engage his core and get his back legs underneath him more. As his confirmation goes right now, he's basically setting up for failure and it's not relieving the tenseness in his muscles. I told her about some of the work and stretches I've been doing with him and she said that was great and to keep doing it, also pay attention to changes I should be seeing with the Vit-E supplement I put him on. She said do more traditional exercises, and try to get him to carry himself. Side reins it is my friend!

I'm very impressed how B behaved for Mariya with her standing on the bucket and moving around him. She was kind, understanding, and gentle. We both appreciated it! The work I've been doing in the stall with him, jumping up and down on the bucket and sacking out on him, has really been paying off. He dropped his head a few times and took a deep breath even after she worked on his tail which he was  questionable about. She didn't do too much with him because she wanted it to be a positive experience as well as doing a little more each time. I have 3 weeks to work on getting him under himself and more responsible for his own body. Work work work! In the end she ruled out back pain. No matter how much she poked or prodded, she didn't get a "I'm in pain" response from him. All his reactions were of him being tense and nervous which was expected. She said, "I can hear the demons in his head" which I thought was hilarious. So physically she thinks he's fine... Mentally on the other hand, he's scared. But we already knew that. That just means now it's me, the vet, AND the chiropractor!

All in all I'm really happy with today and it was definitely money well spent.

A Whole Year in 2 Pictures

Day 1 - January 2012
January 2013
 And this is how far we've come... We'll be jumping by the end of the summer.